While he managed to add a certain charm to Jurassic World, it is unlikely for this character to return to the highly-anticipated sequel. Jake Johnson recently took to Twitter to confirm the news, writing that Lowery won’t return for Jurassic World 2 even if the character made several scenes in the previous film funnier.
Since Jake won’t reprise his role in Jurassic World 2, fans who are rooting for Lowery and Vivian won’t know if there will be hope for their romance. In the last film, Lowery was left heartbroken when Vivian revealed that she’s with someone already.
The Jurassic World 2 producers might have removed the New Girl actor’s character from the plot because they are aspiring for a “darker” sequel. After all, new director J.A. Bayona said that Jurassic World 2 will be different from the feel of the previous films. He likened the sequel to The Empire Strikes Back.
“It will be darker and scarier than the previous film. Obviously when you have Chris Pratt it will also be very funny. But it will be darker. It is a second step in a trilogy, and the second step is always dark as in The Empire Strikes back or the Wrath of Khan which are the examples you always get. The film takes the story where it has never been before. To me it surprised me. We are going to places where the saga has never been before, and at the same time we are paying tribute to the franchise. We will take it a step further. There are things that will happen that people are not expecting and they really are shocking.”
However, if Bayona is comparing Jurassic World 2 to the Stars Wars film, then delivering laughs is inevitable. The Empire Strikes Back might have been dark, but it was similarly one of the most comical Star Wars films. It appears that Jurassic World 2 will have to solely rely on Chris Pratt for the scenes that will give balance to the terrifying ones.
It was previously confirmed that more than being a suspense film, Jurassic World 2 will be a reflection of the harsh realities of how animals are treated these days. At the recently concluded Sitges Film Festival in Spain via El Mundo, Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow talked about the underlying themes of the first film and how it will affect the sequel.
“The dinosaurs will be a parable of the treatment animals receive today: the abuse, medical experimentation, pets, having wild animals in zoos like prisons, the use the military has made of them, animals as weapons.”
Trevorrow went on to say that the sequel will incorporate “complex problems” that required Bayona’s vision. He once revealed to Jurassic Outpost that the idea of the sequel was built with Bayona in mind.
“It will be more suspenseful and scary. It’s just the way it’s designed. It’s the way the story plays out. I knew I wanted [J.A.] Bayona to direct it long before anyone ever heard that was a possibility, so the whole thing was just built around his skillset.”
Prior to being enlisted for Jurassic World 2, Bayona made headlines because of several films, including the 2007 horror flick The Orphanage. Despite the lack of “gimmickry,” the film was lauded by moviegoers. Bayona managed to replicate that film’s success five years later with The Impossible even if it only had a $45 million production budget. Jurassic World 2 did not immediately get Bayona’s agreement to be on board because he was already set to direct the World War Z sequel.
Jurassic World 2 will come out on June 22, 2018.
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